Aerodance: A Neon Space FAQ

My debut novel is CHAOS TRIMS MY BEARD, and due to it's selection by Fantasy-Faction as their finalist for the currently-running Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off, it is the thing that like, 95% of all the people who would even visit this site know me for.

But at present, it represents only a quarter of the books I've published, and in two weeks, it will be down to a fifth. So today I want to talk about that other thing, in that other genre.

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I guess I'll do one of those things where authors interview themselves. Most of my dialog is written through me having a literal, audible conversations with myself (improv! comedy! annoyance to family members!), so it feels natural.

What is Aerodance?

Aerodance is an "episodic" series of twelve novels. Each novel follows its own arc, and each set of four rolls together into a cohesive "season". The individual episodes come out as regularly as I can write and send them through the editing gauntlet, and a season bundle will accompany the 4th, 8th, and 12th.

But what IS Aerodance? I mean like, what's the story like, or what is it similar to?

The story follows the corvette Dragosa and the four or so people who come to crew her. There's some threads that follow the villains on their massive dreadnought and other vignettes besides, but the primary action is centered on the crew. In that way, the structure of the story is somewhere between Cowboy Bebop and Firefly, though with a bit more serialization than either of those narratives. And as one of the characters is a hotshot fighter pilot recruit with a priceless starfighter in tow, there's a bit of the old Star Wars: X-Wing novels in there as well.

Okay, but you literally shoved the word "Neon" in front of "Space Opera" and that doesn't mean anything.

The "neon" comes from the same place that the "episodes" and "seasons" come from. As much as is possible in the medium of novels, the tone that Aerodance aspires to lines up more with the color-soaked Saturday morning/late-night Toonami shows like RobotechVoltron, and Gundam. That is to say, flashy dogfights full of purple lasers and neon red space-contrails, and characters whose dials are turned just a bit further towards bombast, personal honor, and having short fuses in their interactions with their closest friends. That's a broad glossing-over of the unique styles and slants that those late 80's through early 2000's can bring to the narrative table, but as a rule, Aerodance is less the grimy-gray, confronting your personal demons of Battlestar Galactica and more wide-mouth screaming about avenging fallen friends as your neon blue starfighter pew-pews its way through a swarm of enemy ships that look like beetles for some reason.

That's... a lot.

I know, right? It's great and fun in entirely different ways than how Chaos is great and fun.

Anyway, where are you at with Aerodance now?

Episode 4 has one or two more threads and editing considerations to run down, and then both it and the Season One collection will be released on Kindle and Createspace on Friday, March 30th. All 12 episodes are titled and outlined. Major story beats are locked, and there is an ending.

How long are each of the episodes?

The shortest is 55K. The longest is 65K. A Season will fall somewhere around 250K.

Great, and where can I find them?

Episode 1 is 0.99 on Amazon. If you have Kindle Unlimited they are all part of the Lending Library.

Audio books?

I really want to do them, especially for this series and its somewhat rapid release schedule. I'm working on it.

So there was something else I wanted to ask you. You claimed in January that you were going to release a book a month this year. And it's March and you haven't published anything. What's up with that?

Baseline excuses: I got moderately sick for a week or two in January, ended up with more contract work than I expected, and got a new job that I've been training for.

Actual reason: A lot of the feedback that Chaos has received through its SPFBO reviews, and the reviews that rode the sudden influx of interest from the contest recognition, has been invaluable to shaping my writing going forward. Certain issues—pacing and line-editing chief among them—have popped up pretty consistently. I have an embarrassingly large stable of projects that are at the 80-95% mark, but I'm taking a hard look at each of them under the lens that these recent reviews have afforded me.

After Episode 4 and Season One are out, the sequel to Chaos is getting its shine. And then Hammer Squad. And then Tower For Fools. And then Aerodance 5. And then World War Dragon. Hooray! Thanks for reading, and happy Friday!